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    Hi All ... this project is a little way off (I tend to ponder things way in advance of getting to them).

    I'm considering replacing the inward swinging door on my potting shed with an externally mounted sliding barn door, it'll save space inside the shed. If you've ever looked at barn door hardware you'll know it's horrendously expensive ... especially if it only for as shed door. One of the best concepts I've come across is the use of skateboard wheels with a groove to accept a rail (as depicted below). The question is ... does anyone have a clever way to add such a neat groove to the rubber wheel without special tools?

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    You could possibly do it on a router table with a suitable bit but you would need to be very careful with your fence set up and the way you turned the wheel to ensure your fingers remained safe. The wheels below are about $18 on ebay is that any help?


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    Thanks... do you have a link to those wheels?

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    Try these dudes Wheels for Sliding Gates or google 'v groove caster wheels'
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    Thanks. Obviously I just haven't been using the right search terms!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OBBob View Post
    Obviously I just haven't been using the right search terms!
    They are the modern form of indicators on the Righteous Path to Enlightenment (and EBay)!!

    Beware the polypropylene wheels like the ones you linked to. They won't cope with heavy point loads for long - they have a nasty habit of cracking at the bottom of the groove.

    My personal preference is the Cowdrey Industro range which isn't that expensive and is built like a battleship COWDROY Industro- COWDROY Industro Heavy Duty Sliding Track System - Elraco Distributors Furniture Hardware
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    Thanks guys. I hadn't thought of the sliding gate wheels.

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    These wheels look like they are only passivated and would rust quickly if used externally.
    Stainless steel would be the way to go for an exposed position but a plastic wheel would be cheaper.

    Anyone with a lathe should be able to put a groove into a skate wheel for you.
    Tools are good, more tools are better!

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    Never mucked around with skateboard wheels but can you jig one up with a bolt and spin it in a drill against something abrasive to form the groove.

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    That's sort of what I was considering as well. They tend to have the bearings fitted, so may need an arrangement with some large washers to clamp the wheel and stop it free spinning.

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